His collaboration with
the Preservation Hall Jazz Band reaches its logical conclusion.
By Blurt Staff
Oy, it’s enough to make you grab the phone and call up Mom
to see if your old drop-down Magnovox record player – the one with four speeds
– is still stashed away in the attic.
No less a 78rpm-fan than Tom Waits collaborated last with
the Preservation Hall Jazz Band on two tracks for the Preservation project, and now “Tootie Ma Was A Big Fine Thing” and “Corrine
Died on the Battlefield” are about to be issued as a vinyl 78. It arrives on
November 19, and hear are the details per Waits’ website:
The two tracks will
now be packaged in a special limited edition 78 rpm format record, each signed
and numbered by Preservation Hall Creative Director Ben Jaffe. The first one
hundred records will be accompanied by a custom-made Preservation Hall 78rpm
record player as part of a Deluxe Donation package. The remaining four hundred
and four will be available as a standalone record for the Basic Donation
This special limited edition recording will be made available in two different
tiers, based on the level of donation: Deluxe Donation Tier: $200 – Limited
Edition 78rpm record featuring Tom Waits & The Preservation Hall Jazz Band
AND a custom-made Preservation Hall 78 record players – and Basic Donation
Tier: $50 – Limited Edition 78rpm record featuring Tom Waits & The
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Both packages will be available for in-person purchase at Preservation Hall in New Orleans on November
19, 2010 at 10:00am Central and available for purchase online November 20th here.
Wait – did they say “custom-made Preservation Hall 78rpm
record player”?!? That’s right; as the photo above details, you can get your
very own custom, standalone turntable, just like they used to make ‘em (internal
amp/speaker included – although it’s hard to tell from the photo if it will
also play 45s, 33 1/3 LPs and 16rpm kids’ records). Now THAT is entertainment.
And THAT is limited, too. 100 packages plus 404 records ain’t
much, so don’t be a slowpoke on those days it all goes on sale…